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Issue 87 – April 2012
Friday 4 May 2012 by Diyana Yosifova
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Over the next two and a half years the book sectors in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine will be getting a helping hand in overcoming the challenges that publishing, writing and translating faces today. The project is for everybody that is professionally involved and concerned about the future of the book.
The project targets primarily publishers, writers, translators, booksellers, librarians and their associations but also the public policy makers in the cultural sector and cultural organizations at large. In a long-term perspective the project is about the readers who have the right to access to high quality books, in their own languages and at affordable prices.
The activities of the project target three crucial themes for any publishing sector:
In cooperation with partners in the three countries, we will offer a series of capacity building initiatives (trainings, workshops, mentorship schemes and internships), quantitative and qualitative studies on the publishing industries, on literary translations flows and on reading habits in each of the three countries, and opportunities for participation in book events abroad and editorial visits of European colleagues to the three countries. All these activities will include more than 190 trainees, 10 key book figures from EU countries, 12 studies, more than 10 public events in the countries and abroad, and the collective efforts of 30 key organizations that are so far involved in the project.
And much more than that: the Book Platform is to be indeed a platform of real professional and human exchange between colleagues from participating countries but also with the ones in the European Union.
The Project Lead is Next Page Foundation (Sofia, Bulgaria) in partnership with the National Publishers Association (Armenia), the Georgian Book Publishers Association (Georgia), the Renaissance Foundation (Ukraine) and the European Council of Literary Translators Associations (Brussels). In addition, the project got a letter of support by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. The Book Platform project is funded by the European Union and is implemented in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme that aims at assisting the Partner Countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professionalism of cultural operators in the region. It seeks to strengthen regional cultural links and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EU and ENP Eastern countries’ cultural networks and actors.
On 26-28th March the Book Platform project conducted its first international training for non-governmental organizations from Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine working in the field of books and reading. In fact, under the heading “NGOs in the book sector” we had professional associations of publishers, librarians, booksellers and translators as well as reading development organizations.
The first Tbilisi training triggered participants to start strategic planning process for their organizations and to apply creative approach to fundraising. As we all know from our (sometimes bitter) experience, having a strategy and being successful in fundraising are the two sides of the same coin of running a healthy organization. The program combined the two topics in Pragmatic Dreaming moderated by Sue Kay (UK). The passionate, out-of-program discussions on professional issues from the three countries proved once again the need for book activists from the region to have more opportunities for networking and exchange. As one of the participants put it later on: "Дорогие коллеги! Спасибо Вам за чудесный семинар и веселые вечера!" ("Dear colleagues, thank you for the great seminar and the joyful evenings!")
Next Page Foundation together with Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association, International Renaissance Foundation and National Publishers Association of Armenia hosted the press conference on the project launch in Tbilisi, Georgia. The press conference took place at Georgian National Scientific Library on 28 March, 2012. The press conference was opened by Stephan Stork, Deputy Head of Operation Section at the EU Delegation to Georgia, and moderated by Irakli Garibashvili − director of Georgian National Scientific Library. The project was presented by Yana Genova − overall manager of the project and director of Next Page Foundation, Anna Portarska − program manager, Nino Goginashvilli − local manager for Georgia and executive director of Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association (GPBA), Kateryna Smagily − local manager for Ukraine and program manager at the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), Vahan Khachatryan − local manager for Armenia and founder and director of Armenian Publishers Association.
With Guest of Honor Romania, the fair organizers will be looking also into literatures of other countries at the Black Sea, including Bulgaria, Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine. Next Page Foundation has been working with Prague Book Fair for years so now we are discussing joint initiatives between Book Platform project and the fair. For more info: http://www.svetknihy.cz/en/menu/
On April 22, 2012 Buenos Aires transferred the title of World Book Capital to Yerevan. World Book Capital is an initiative of UNESCO dating back to 2001 with Madrid being the first city with the title. The official program for this year comprises many events with a special focus on children and youngsters, as well as many conferences, symposiums and exhibitions to discuss issues related to copyright, translation, freedom of speech, genocide and internationally renowned works of literature. More information on the program you can find on the official website.